Thursday, 23 July 2009

Wild waters, Birds and Found Landscape Art

I walked along the Water of Leith today. The river was very high - the photo above shows the same weir that a few weeks ago the mallard ducklings were sliding down (see that photo here). The difference in water level is astonishing!

It was a good day for birds today, I had some excellent close views of two dippers (one of which I watched as it kept pushing its head under the water to look for food) as well as grey wagtails, a song thrush, more chaffinches than I have ever seen together in one place and a very young warbler that didn't seem to have learnt its song yet. I also stumbled across this lovely piece of minimalist landscape art, which somebody must have created recently....



12 comments:

Deb said...

Lovely, lovely!

Have you scene Andy Goldsworthy art in books or film? Or even in real life? (Lucky you, if you have!!) I adore his work and your minimalist art reminds me of it, of course!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Deb - yes I have seen Andy Goldsworthy's art, there's a wonderful film that I saw a while ago.....

The Weaver of Grass said...

That is lovely Juliet - how nice to just come across it like that. It does give me the idea of creating something as I go along somewhere, so that others might find it.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Ha, ha I was just going to say something about that being a mini Andy Goldsworthy, but Deb beat me to it. There are a few books two and I think there are two videos. He did a stone fence over the hill here at Stanford University. I love all his work.

Tammie Lee said...

It does sound like you had a good bird sighting day.
I went for a swim in a lake last night at dusk. There was a large splash that sounded like a person jumping in. But it was ducks flying low. Amazing sound.

Michelle Johnson said...

I have come to love hearing about your walks around Water of Leith and the many discoveries you come across. I can't believe the difference in the water levels. And, all those birds you were so lucky to encounter. Hope all is well. Have a great night.

Julie said...

Oh, how beautiful! I love your pictures and description of the gorgeous landscape.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Enjoy the Water-walk reports! Dippers ... Dippers are a sign of clean and healthy water!

Thomma Lyn said...

What beautiful pictures -- thanks for sharing. I'm glad you got to see the lovely birds. And landscape art -- how fascinating!

Michael said...

I'm still playing spot the ducklings on that picture link. I'm sticking at five.... and a half.

Deb G said...

What a magical discovery! The movie about Andy Goldsworthy, Rivers and Tides, is one of my favorites.

Larry said...

Sounds like a refreshing walk and a good day for birds.